DB Schenker is planning a new €20m ($26m) automotive logistics centre in Shenyang, China. The German transport and logistics provider is working in a joint venture with an as-yet unnamed local partner on the 45,000 sq.m facility, which will distribute spare parts as well as providing inbound parts supply for a nearby vehicle assembly plant facility.
Construction on the facility will begin in 2015.
BMW’s joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holding assembles vehicles in Shenyang and DB Schenker already ships complete knockdown kits to the plant from its Leipzig centre by rail, but the company would not confirm the carmaker involved in the latest project. BMW Brilliance has also begun producing engines at a third location in Shenyang.
Shenyang is one of the largest automotive production centres in China and DB Schenker has been working in the city since 2003. Currently three trans-Eurasian cargo trains are leaving Germany each week to rail car parts and supplies to automobile producers in Shenyang.
"This joint venture is a further important step on the way to expanding our leading position in contract logistics in China," said Dr. Thomas C. Lieb, chairman of the management board of Schenker. "It is part of our strategy to have a clear presence in the Chinese growth regions and provide top-quality logistics services for our customers all around the world."